Flashback: Win at the DW

by Stuart Vose

Review last season's trip to Wigan.

Sunderland surged into the top half of the Barclays Premier League with a fine win at Wigan on their last visit to the DW Stadium.

Martin O'Neill's side delighted almost 3,000 travelling fans on a bitterly cold evening in Lancashire by firing four goals against a Latics side who had little response to Martin O'Neill's revitalised outfit.

The first half was an even affair and Wigan struck the woodwork before the visitors took the lead in fine style just before the break.

Craig Gardner took aim from fully 30 yards out in a rainstorm and found the back of the net with a powerful free-kick which swerved in the air before flashing past a motionless Ali Al-Habsi.

The lead was doubled in the early stages of the second half - James McClean heading in David Vaughan's cross at the second attempt after Al-Habsi made a good save.

Hugo Rodallega pulled a goal back with a deflected effort, but the evening was Sunderland's and they underlined the point when Stephane Sessegnon slid in Nicklas Bendtner's cross 15 minutes from time.

And a fine away day was complete when David Vaughan notched in spectacular fashion late on, driving a rising shot high into the top corner from the edge of the box.